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New Ram 1500 Aces Crash Test, But Fails To Get Top Safety Pick Rating



New, 2019 RAM 1500 IIHS Crash test

It missed out on the coveted rating because seemingly innocuous oversight.

Make no mistake, the all-new, 2019 Ram 1500 is a very safe pickup truck. It aced nearly all of the Insurance Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s six crashworthiness tests, including the small overlap front, moderate overlap front, passenger-side small overlap, side, roof strength and head restraints tests, whereas the previous generation Ram 1500 received a less impressive marginal rating in the driver-side small overlap front test and the roof strength test.

Unfortunately, it missed out on the coveted Top Safety Pick rating because its best available headlights earned only a marginal rating.

It’s worth noting that the IIHS introduced the passenger-side small overlap test in 2017, and 2019 Ram 1500 is the first pickup to undergo and, thus, ace the test. It’s optional front crash prevention system also earned a superior rating, helping avoid crashes at 12 mph and 25 mph as tested.

Does a marginal rating for the headlights deter you from getting the new RAM 1500? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Ram 1500 Adds More Versatility With New Split Tailgate



Rram 1500 Multifunction Tailgate, opened

It can fold like a traditional tailgate, or swing open like double door.

Not to be outdone by the GMC Sierra’s multi-function tailgate and even the Ford F-150’s simpler ‘Man Step’ setup, Ram has given it’s 1500 pickup truck a new split tailgate option that should provide a owners some added versatility.

The aptly-named “Ram Multifunction Tailgate” is essentially a standard tailgate that can be swung open in a 60/40 fashion. It still drops down like a traditional tailgate, but users are also able to lower a single side of the unit. See it in action…

“The Ram Multifunction Tailgate is intuitive to operate, and owners will find it immediately useful,” said Reid Bigland, Head of Ram Brand – FCA. “Combined with Ram’s class-exclusive RamBox feature and new tailgate step, we’re taking Ram’s cargo management and storage to the next level.”

The doors also swing open nearly 90 degrees, allowing easier access to the truck’s bed. Moreover, the split opening function can be used when trailering, and despite the added complexity, the tailgate has a 2,000 pound load rating.

The Ram Multifunction Tailgate is a $995 option that will be available across the entire 1500 pickup truck lineup starting in the second quarter of 2019.

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Ram 1500 North Edition Is All About Winter Survival



2019 RAM 1500 North Edition, Winter

The truck is one of the more off-road capable models in the new RAM 1500 lineup.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has introduced the Ram 1500 North Edition, a winter-focused special edition with the tools to survive cold weather.

It comes appropriately-equipped, featuring a one-inch factory lift, a 4×4 transfer case, an electric-locking rear axle, rugged service-rated on/off-road Falken LT tires, and even an engine block heater to keep the oil warm in extreme cold.

Inside, the Ram 1500 North Edition is fitted with heated seats and a heated steering wheel, remote start, the Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen with SiriusXM Travel Link Weather, a 12-way power driver seat with 4-way power lumbar, and Mopar all-weather floor mats.

Drivers will have the choice of either FCA’s 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 or 5.7-liter HEMI V8, with an electronic locking differential helping distribute their power.

The Ram 1500 North Edition is available in crew cab, short bed or long bed body configurations, with prices starting at $47,585 (including $1,695 freight) in the United States.

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New Ram 1500 Rebel 12 Pickup Lets You Off-Road In Luxury



2019 Ram 1500 Rebel 12, White

The package gives the Rebel a leather interior and more creature comforts.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has raveled the new Ram 1500 Rebel 12, a special edition model that gives drivers the best of both worlds in an off-road pickup truck.

Whereas the regular 1500 Rebel does away with many of the luxury and convenience tech to optimize durability, the Rebel 12 keeps them while still delivering the same off-road capabilities. In fact, it is the first all-new Rebel to offer leather seating and FCA’s new 12-inch touchscreen infotainment system.

Buyers can also equip their truck with a Harman Kardon audio system featuring 19 premium speakers, 900-watt surround-sound amplifier, 10-inch subwoofer and active noise cancellation.

A factory lift, locking rear differential, 33-inch tires, Bilstein shocks, skid plates, and tow hooks remain standard issue.

The new Ram 1500 Rebel 12 will be available in the fourth quarter of 2018 with a starting price of $48,685 in the United States.

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